Gary Anderson triumphs over Simon Whitlock to advance to the third round of the PDC World Darts.

Gary Anderson started his pursuit of a third World Championship title in impressive fashion by defeating Simon Whitlock. The Scottish player, who previously won consecutive championships in 2015 and 2016 at Alexandra Palace, has regained his top form this year and cruised to the third round with a 3-0 victory over the Australian.
He established dominance right from the start with a 180 in his opening throw and won the first five legs. Anderson, with an average of 98.29, finished the match with style by taking out 116, which was the highest checkout of the game.
“I played better in the first set, but I have known Simon for a long time and he struggled up there,” said Anderson. “However, I am happy with the win. I am trying to make a comeback, as I didn’t have the desire to play darts in the last three years. I am enjoying it again, whether I win or lose.”
Jamie Hughes was overcome with emotion after finally securing his first win at Ally Pally. The world number 62 had previously lost his four matches on the big stage, but he corrected that by defeating David Cameron 3-1. He expressed, “I am probably playing the worst darts of my life, and yet I have just won a game. I have played better and lost. I am extremely happy to finally get a win on that stage. Hopefully, this takes the pressure off, and I can play my natural game.”
Dave Chisnall sent Cameron Menzies back to his day job after defeating him in the afternoon session. Menzies had reached the second round on Friday night, juggling his profession as a plumber with his darts career. Although he had the morning off, he was unable to replicate his success and Chisnall, the 11th seed, came back from a set down to win 3-1. Menzies, aspiring to become a full-time darts player, will be supporting his girlfriend Fallon Sherrock at the Palace on Sunday, but his run in this year’s tournament has come to an end.
Lee Evans believes that it wouldn’t be a major upset if he defeats Luke Humphries in the second round. The 35-year-old made his debut at Ally Pally with a commanding 3-0 victory over Sandro Eric Sosing, setting up a match against his former playing partner Humphries, who is considered a favorite to win the tournament.
“What a draw. Thankfully, I know him very well,” Evans remarked. “I am familiar with his game, and he knows me. We played together in pairs years ago and were in the same teams. I’ll have to bring my best game without a doubt,” Evans stated. “It’s a free shot. If he goes to that A place, I think I have what it takes to match that level, but he is currently above everyone else. I believe I can give him a tough match if I play my best. If I beat Luke Humphries, it would be a bigger shock for everyone else, but not for me.”
In addition, Connor Scutt, Darren Penhall, Scott Williams, and Keane Barry also secured first-round victories.

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